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about chuck hagel. he gave a really poor performance at his confirmation hearing last week. both sides can pretty much agree with that. that's coming from folks like leon panetta. leon panetta actually defending him yesterday. let's take a listen to him. >> it's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? what about the war in afghanistan? what about the war on terrorism? what about the budget sequester? >> ruth, what do you think, does panetta have a point there? >> i think he totally has a point. i think that the thing that was striking about the hague will confirmation hearing was the really poor performance on both sides. yes, the nominee did a terrible job answering entirely predictable questions and handling those, but also, the senators did a predictable but also very poor job of probing seriously his views, not just what he said in the past, but his views on the various things that will face the secretary of defense going forwa
to start on chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary any moment. it's been a is seven-week long battle but mainly it's been held up over politics. this first vote that will come this morning is procedural. if that moves forward, a second vote to confirm him would happen this afternoon. >>> check out the headline from "the huffington post," immigration and customs enforcement frees detainees as sequester looms. they were let out as the budget cuts loom. the president is heading to newport news, virginia, to a navy shipyard. today the impact there could be significant. late word this morning that the president will bring a local republican congressman, scott rigell, with him. obama is not seen in newport news as any sort of safe you're but rather as the leader of dysfunctional government that is playing havoc with people's lives and people are bitter. >> this is not time for a road show president. this is a time to look for someone who will leave. >> the president really ought to stop come paining and come back to the take and work with us. >> and while there are no 11th hour meet
senate they are expected to finally clear the way for confirmation vote to chuck hagel who will inherit this budget mess. janet napolitano, you see her on the right there, also speaking live at the brookings institution. and then just moments ago, we heard from a fired-up john boehner who blames the stalemate on the president and the senate. >> we have moved a bill in the house twice. we should not have a move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass and begins to do something. >> i'm joined by military analyst jack jacobs. good to see you. >> good morning. >> if lawmakers can't make this march 1st deadline, $43 billion or 8% will be slushed from the pentagon budget. they have used words like devastating, dire. are they right? how significant would this be? >> very serious indeed. these are across the board cuts. i mean, there's no intelligence or intelligent decisions made on what is going to be cut. so in addition to fact -- and there's plenty of fact -- you are going to cut ammunition, fuel, repair parts for aircraft, training time. >> let's look at other things. 800
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